March 30, 2011
We've added to our family of prototypes. Tonight we completed the construction of our front FLO 90 wheel. We were able to get it out on the road before the sun went down. We had some pretty strong cross winds and I have to say the wheel felt very stable at over 40 mph.
Take a look at the video and pictures below! Keep in mind that this is still a prototype wheel. The cosmetic issues we discussed in our previous blog post will be corrected in our production model wheels.
Thanks for stopping by. As always, comments and questions are more than welcome.
|Front FLO 90 Prototype|
|Flo Vortex Hub Detail Shot|
|Wide Toroidal Fairing Detail Shot|
March 22, 2011
We are very excited to share this post with you. We have pics of our prototype wheels and a video of them in action. Remember, these are prototypes, so there are minor cosmetic issues. The cosmetic issues have already been corrected in the factory. The final brake track will be aluminum color. The black eventually wears off so we feel it's best to leave them aluminum.
In the video you will see a front "FLO 60" and a rear "FLO 90." Yes, these will be the official names. The disc is in the works and its official name will be the "FLO DISC."
We are very excited about the ride quality of the wheels and we will be putting them through thorough testing over the next few weeks.
As for the factory, things are moving along well. We are fine-tuning all the components so we can deliver a great product.
Please send your comments, questions, and suggestions our way.
|FLO 60/FLO 90 Combo|
|Rear FLO 90|
|Front FLO 60|
|Laser Etched Skewer|
|Front FLO Vortex Hub|
|Rear FLO Vortex Hub|
March 19, 2011
Here's a quick shot we thought you may like to see. It's like Christmas morning! We are starting to build our prototypes today. Stay tuned for more upcoming shots. Hope you enjoy!
March 5, 2011
Things are moving along nicely at the factories. We received the first images of our 60mm and 90mm fairings this week and are very excited to share them with you. The carbon fiber in the pictures has just come out of the mold and is not yet polished. It will look much nicer when polished. We hope to receive our carbon fiber pieces in two weeks for testing. We also wanted to share with you some pictures of our molds and our factory. Hopefully you are as excited as we are!
|FLO 60 Fairing and Rim|
|FLO 90 Fairing and Rim|
|FLO DISC Mold|
|FLO Cycling Mold|
|Polished FLO DISC Fairings|
Last week we received our first prototype rims and hubs. We eagerly built our first prototype wheel set. In the pictures below you will see an aluminum rim, spokes, and hub. This will be the structure of all of our race wheels. The only difference between the wheel below and our race wheels will be the addition of the bonded carbon fiber fairings. Since the carbon fiber fairings will not be structural components of our wheels, the ride quality of the wheels below will be nearly identical to our finished products.
We've been having the wheels tested non-stop. Testers to date are seasoned triathletes, Cat 1 cyclists, and a local cyclist who sprints at over 1700 watts! Our instructions to all testers have been to be very honest with your findings and try to break them (within reason, half pipes or mountain bike trails don't count). Our reviews have been overwhelmingly positive and we have seen many ear to ear grins. Full reviews will follow at a later date.
The wide 24.3mm brake tracks are a big hit. They are very stable, corner exceptionally well, and are very comfortable without giving up performance. The wide brake track should also improve our wind tunnel results next month. When sprinting on the wheels they resisted flexing and seem to transfer power very effectively. Our wheels will not be as light as tubular wheelsets on the market but will be right in line with the other aluminum clincher wheelset offerings.
Take a look at the pictures and as always, ask questions and give us your opinions.
Sorry for being in the small chain ring and for the ridiculous headset spacers. I've been busy.
|FLO Cycling Prototype Wheels|